Tokyo, Oct. 27 (Jiji Press)–Three U.S. F-35B state-of-the-art stealth fighters deployed at the Iwakuni base in Yamaguchi Prefecture, western Japan, conducted aerial refueling training over the East China Sea on Tuesday, sources in the U.S. Marine Corps said Saturday.
Through the exercise on airborne refueling that extends the cruising range of aircraft, the United States is believed to have issued a warning to China, which is increasing military activities in the East China Sea and the South China Sea.
According to the sources, a KC-130J air tanker, also from the Iwakuni base, refueled the three F-35Bs in the training.
The main role of F-35B fighters at the Iwakuni base is to support operations of the forward-deployed 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit in Okinawa Prefecture, southern Japan, from the air.
The F-35Bs help improve the 31st MEU’s maneuverability in the Pacific, a Marine Corps official in Okinawa said.